Impact Events

Calendar of Events

Tours

The BIO5 Institute provides tours for university and community members to showcase the institute’s facilities and ground-breaking research.

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Peer Engagement

The BIO5 Institute hosts tours for academic, industry and other community partners to share resources and enhance collaboration across the state. 

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Engaging K-12 and College Students

UArizona and local high school students are invited to visit the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch and Bioscience Research Lab Buildings. Tours are tailored to topics that coincide with the interests of the students, providing them with a hands-on, real-world look at the topics they are learning in their textbooks. 

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Community Engagement

Community members are invited to tour the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch and Bioscience Research Lab Buildings. Scheduled guests can visit active laboratories and speak with researchers about their interdisciplinary approach to advancing science and improving health and life in the 21st century.

Networking Events

Internal networking events foster the collaborative environment of BIO5, while external events encourage community partnerships and cross-campus connections.

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Faculty Industry Networking Event

Sponsored by the BIO5 Institute and the Biotechnology Industry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA), the Faculty Industry Networking Event (FINE) supports university and industry innovators in life sciences, medicine, engineering, computer and information sciences as they pursue the commercialization of their discoveries, products and ideas. The annual event offers concrete opportunities for professionals to team up on projects and pursue funding through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

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BIO5 Meet Your Neighbor

In line with the spirit of BIO5’s mission, faculty, students and staff are encouraged to meet with their colleagues through the monthly Meet Your Neighbor event. Hosted in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, BIO5 members have the opportunity to connect with new and old faces and develop research collaborations over donuts and coffee.   

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Student Industry Networking Event

BIO5’s annual Student Industry Networking Event (SINE) has connected hundreds of UArizona students with representatives from the Arizona bioscience industry. SINE attracts undergraduate and graduate students in life sciences, medicine, chemistry, engineering, computer and information sciences, and business programs, and put them face-to-face with 25+ bioscience organizations from across Arizona. Students can meet potential mentors, secure summer internships, and, in many cases, achieve permanent employment after graduation with their internship hosts. 

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BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM

The BIO5 Inspiring Women in STEM event features an interactive panel of inspiring UArizona women from cross-disciplinary STEM fields share their unique life/work journeys. Panelists are representative of different career stages to offer the broadest perspective possible and offer one-on-one networking with guests after the group discussion to share additional insight. This annual event is open to the public, including local community members, high school students, and the UA community at large, and is designed to inspire women in their pursuit of a STEM education and/or career.

Seminars

The BIO5 Institute hosts several seminar series each year in partnership with various UArizona departments and faculty. These seminar series bring researchers together to discuss novel findings, as well as engage the community by creating a space where they can learn about trending topics such as health, wellness and aging.

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Resilience & Independence in Aging Seminar

The Resilience & Independents in Aging Seminar Series is designed to facilitate aging research and foster new generations of investigators who address aging research questions. The seminar brings UArizona researchers together by sharing research findings and plans, and also provides opportunities for researchers to meet and to hear from lead investigators of aging and resilience in other research institutions, specifically the Pepper Centers. 

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Ecosystems and Genomics Seminar

BIO5 cohosts the Ecosystems and Genomics Seminar in collaboration with the Ecosystem Genomics Institute at UArizona. The Ecosystem Genomics Initiative seeks to uncover emergent properties and processes of ecosystems through top-down analyses of communities, populations and organisms, and bottom-up analyses of genomes, transcriptomes and metabolomes. Findings in these areas are shared through the seminar series. 

Workshops

UArizona faculty and groups host workshops with the help of BIO5 in order to educate researchers on the latest techniques and technologies in a variety of fields.

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Software Carpentry Workshop

The BIO5 Institute hosts a Software Carpentry Workshop series for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Attendees are taught the scientific computing skills necessary to be productive in today’s complex research environments. For more information, contact Dr. Uwe Hilgert. 

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Career Development Workshop

In collaboration with the Student Industry Networking Event, the BIO5 Institute provides UArizona students with the tools they need to launch their careers after graduation. 

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UArizona Cannabis Symposium

The Inaugural Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium (IICS), hosted in September 2019, was a University of Arizona project sponsored by the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the BIO5 Institute, College of Medicine Tucson, College of Science & CEAC. The event was designed to inform our community about recent evidence-based research and teaching in Cannabis horticulture and medicine. Recorded lectures can be found on the IICS website. 

Conferences

Conferences at the BIO5 institute draw crowds from across the university and state to discuss important topics in the biosciences.

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Research to Innovation Showcase

Learn about exciting innovations that UArizona research teams are developing to solve societal challenges and positively impact humankind at the Research to Innovation Showcase. This annual event is open to the public, as well as faculty, students, and staff across the UA community, and is designed to facilitate potential collaborations and connections amongst BIO5 faculty members, students, and the local bioscience sector. 

People networking in Keating lobby during AZ Photonics Days

AZ Photonics Days

In collaboration with the AZ Tech Council, BIO5 hosts AZ Phototonics Days, a two-day event where business professionals engage with academic and industry partners to discuss industry trends and issues. These business-building meetings are held annually in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building.

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Tucson Plant Breeding

The Tucson Plant Breeding Institute (TPBI) offers state-of-the-art instruction and training in modern plant breeding tools such as statistics, molecular breeding, and computation. By offering modules on different topics, the Institute allows a breeder to choose courses that best fit their specific needs. The mission of the institute is to transfer current technologies to a wide audience of users, be they commercial breeders or academics interested in plant science improvement. 

Community Events

To engage the Tucson community, the BIO5 Institute hosts events geared towards making complex STEM discoveries and concepts accessible to all audiences. BIO5 also partners with other university community groups to host larger events that draw crowds from across the state and nation

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Precision Wellness Symposia Series

The Precision Wellness Symposia Series, part of the Precision Nutrition and Wellness Initiative (PNWI), unites members of the community with health professionals to discover and share knowledge that will increase quality of life for all. PNWI aims to integrate research, technology and personalized lifestyle changes to determine and optimize the state of health of individuals to predict and prevent disease and increase overall quality of life. The symposia series educates the community on breakthroughs related to the initiative’s mission. 

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Discover BIO5 Open House

Discover BIO5 is an annual celebration of science provides a “public sneak peek” into our world-class research and discovery endeavors focused on solving the world’s grand biological challenges, improving society, and positively impacting Arizonans. With self-paced lab tours through our tri-building complex, hands-on discover stations, KEYS alumni poster presentations, inspiring and interactive discussions with BIO5 researchers, and much more, you will learn how novel research grows into meaningful innovation. 

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Science City

In 2009, the BIO5 Institute pioneered the idea of a simple "science pavilion" concept to be held during the newly formed community event the Tucson Festival of Books. Since then, the vision has been expanded to a series of booths and increased campus involvement, as "Science City." The Science City executive committee is the catalyst for bringing together a group of more than 1,200 volunteers from across UArizona and the Southern Arizona community to lead and organize what is now considered the largest annual experiential STEM learning experience in the state of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Books has become the third largest book festival in the country, and the only one with a focus on science.